A small but enthusiastic group of ROC members spent much of the day at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Travelling around London at the weekend is currently an interesting experience, since the Crossrail work continues apace and has a knock-on effect on all the rail networks. At Paddington the gates to London underground clanged shut in front of us, but we intrepid ROC navigators soon found a solution by bus!
The general ambience of Greenwich is always delightful. Wandering through the grounds of the Naval College there was a short musical interlude provided by a rehearsing orchestra, followed by the architectural delights of the neo-classical Naval College Chapel – a beautiful place to visit, pause and reflect. Sadly the Painted Hall was closed for renovation – somewhere to return to another time.
The grounds of the Museum were filled with daffodils. Inside we wandered around the various galleries and exhibitions, soaking up the inspirational stories of exploration, trade, bravery and adventure at sea. We were there for about three and half hours, but still there is much that we did not see. Each person brought away different memories of the exhibits. For me it was the trousers worn by Nelson when he was fatally wounded -cut off him just as they would be in a modern A and E department. And the chilling images of the slave ships, designed so that people could be manacled below deck, packed in like sardines for the long Atlantic journey. Horrendous.......
We headed back to Soho for an evening meal – sadly our chosen Hungarian restaurant already full, but we had a very enjoyable Thai meal close
by Margaret Haines
A motley crew descend on Greenwich
John meets an old friend!
Figureheads at the Museum
Pictures from the top clockwise
Speaker Report by Ian Farquhar
Bill Taylor - What every sailor should know about weather forecasts
Bill Taylor made a welcome return to speak to us, specifically about forecasts this time. Bill is an experienced sailor as well as having served for many years analysing forecasts for the Met Office. If anyone knows his stuff then it has to be Bill.
The presentation began with an explanation of the modelling process which can now be handled only by computer processing, the mathematics and data processing being far too complex for any other method. Bill outlined the half dozen or so main scientific principles whose mathematics are combined to formulate the different models used around the world. These include Newton's Laws of Motion, conservation of momentum, thermodynamic effects, etc., etc. Bill then went on to explain how the world's air mass was divided up into cubes of air, each cube being analysed via the models to make predictions as to what would happen to it. He also mentioned the vast quantity of data which is input every second of the day from dedicated fixed sources, dedicated moving sources, or from incidental sources such as aircraft in flight.
After the comfort break Bill showed us a couple of useful websites which compared different models for various periods of time into the future. The most well known of these is probably www.wetterzentrale.de where you can view various models over a range of periods of time.
This site also shows you graphs of single predictions such as temperature or pressure from all of the featured models over an extended period of time
Gosport Rally April 22nd - 23rd
Where: Gosport Premier Marina, Gosport, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH
Let me know if coming by boat as I will advise the marina but they have already said there should be lots of room. If coming by road and you want entertainment then the historic ships at Portsmouth via the Gosport Ferry is a good day out and the Mary Rose exhibition is said to be stunning. Failing that there’s an awful lot of shops at Gunwharf Quay.
Drinks on board Kaprys at 6pm (at the end marked cold harbour on the sketch chart above) if she’s back in the water by then- if not I will advise on both website and direct for advised attendees).
Followed by dinner most probably at the marina café/bistro limited but reasonable menu who have already offered a discount).
Would those who intend to come along (boat or car) please let me know as the bistro wants a little notice.
Any questions please email
Regards Phil Misson
Venue: Yarmouth (Isle of Wight)
Date: May 6th - 7th
Details: Berths have been reserved on the Harold Hayles pontoon which provide access to both mains power and direct access ashore.
For those arriving by lunchtime on Saturday, a Treasure Hunt will be an option.
On Saturday evening we will be having dinner at the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Organisers: Bernie Bellchambers and Ed Davies
Monday 3rd April
7.30 for 8 p.m.
Bring your own popcorn
News to amuse
Anchoring – a memory by John Scottorn
Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight was the testing ground for my new 10lb 'baby' anchor aboard Betty, my Twister 28'. Safe and with a good clay bottom it couldn't be easier. I was solo and in a confined space at low tide. I lowered the anchor after I had Betty drifting back slowly on the little bit of tide coming into the lake.
With a short stab of reverse and 30 metres of chain let out, we slowed up nicely on the anchor with it setting first time. Content to then relax, I set the anchor alarm on the plotter and settled to enjoy a drink and a snack.
Daubing sunscreen onto those bits that needed it, I made myself comfortable in the cockpit and enjoyed watching a few other craft arriving. There were many cock-ups to enjoy. Boats not able to set their anchors and others collecting anchor chains around their props etc..
Then I stirred quickly.......A Moody 38' was coming at me sideways some two lengths away about to be T-boned by Betty, with a maiden in distress, shouting "help I'm on my own". Looking up I saw her anchor had been deployed across mine and had not held. Fenders were hurriedly made ready by us both and the coming together was a soft one.
I asked the maiden to go to the cockpit and to put her boat in slow for'ard and to steer the boats together so I could attached a bow line to cement the embrace. This she did with great aplomb and we could relax.
The huge Delta anchor, which had found itself the wrong side of my chain, was hauled up a bit at a time by me, "are you alright?" she enquired several times as I rested my old bones and took breath.
Once the anchor was retrieved and laid beneath her bows the electric windlass was operated by my new 'friend' and the anchor raised.
Then husband and friends appeared in an inflatable like the gallant knight coming to rescue his maiden. 'Damn it' I thought, 'just when I may have made contact with my evenings supply of good company and deserved free wine'. Well to my surprise and delight he said nothing except 'should they put their anchor down as we were both hanging on mine'.
"Oh no" I said confidently, "mines a Rocna that will hold us both easily in this clay".
Well it sure did, but two days later when I had enjoyed the Newtown sun, their company and a bottle of wine they kindly dropped off as a 'peace' offering, I had one heck of a long job to get the Rocna out of the Newtown Clay!!!
Some tecci info about landing planes on our new aircraft carriers
Ship borne rolling vertical landing .....(SRVL).... its never been done before !
The F-35 is built to do a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), the move previously made infamous in the Royal Navy by the Harrier jet but the British forces have opted for a far riskier, but ultimately more rewarding, type of landing. Vertical landings, where the jet comes in at a hover and gradually touches down, work by using all the aircraft’s thrust but the jet is only capable of a finite amount of thrust, which means there is a finite amount of weight it can support in the air while doing this. The result is that US F-35s operating the vertical landing are either carrying less weaponry during training exercises, or dropping munitions in the sea before coming back in to land.
The UK decided it wanted to be able to bring back a higher level of payload than the F-35B can hover with, which is quite a major problem because it was not designed to do that so they had to come up with a new type of manoeuvre. The SRVL works by keeping ‘forward speed’ on, so the wings are operating to provide some lift. “The Americans have decided they don’t need to employ this new type of landing yet but I think it’s a matter of time before they will start deploying similar capabilities.
Youngest woman to helm in round-the-world race
A British woman is set to become the youngest skipper to navigate a yacht in around the world race Nikki Henderson a professional sailor will just be 24 when the clipper challenge starts in August. She will take an amateur crew on the gruelling Voyager forty thousand miles, one of the worlds toughest endurance challenges. She is two years younger than the previous record holder.
Since 2006, Nikki has sailed 38,000 miles during which she has skippered three ARC races across the Atlantic (twice winning the Youngest Skipper Award), the Caribbean 600 – an inshore race circuit, two Cowes Weeks, and sailed over 10,000 miles in offshore deliveries. As an RYA instructor for more than three years she has already taught over 200 students and also launched a Sailing and Watersports centre in Denver, Colorado.
Some America's cup news
America’s Cup J Class Regatta
In June 2017, the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will be graced by the J Class fleet. These majestic titans of sail competed for the Cup during the 1930s and are perhaps still some of the most famous yachts afloat. Only ten J Class yachts were ever built, of which three originals survive today, including Shamrock V and Endeavour which raced for the America's Cup in 1930 and 1934 respectively.
The yachts will be at the heart of the AC35 action with their own exclusive regatta. Due to the size and draft of the yachts, J Class racing will take place in Murray’s Anchorage on the Bermuda north shore J Class fleet racing is one of the most spectacular sights on the world sailing circuit. Eight J Class yachts are expected to attend the 35th America's Cup
We have regular meetings the first Monday of the month at the Upper Thames Motor & Yacht Club (UTMYC) in Sonning. If you would like more information on any aspect head to our website or if you would like to discuss any point with a committee member about our sailing club or visiting us on a Monday to say hello, click here to email Linda, our publicity officer, who will be happy to answer any questions.
ROSC was established in 1971and continues with regular meetings. You don't have to own a boat as many rallies are available by land, meals in a local hostillery are arranged with pre-meal drinks often on one of the attending boats.